tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Hello, lovely writer! I'm excited to see what you write for these little fandoms of my heart. If none of my prompts interest you and you have an idea of your own, please do run with it: I've listed some dislikes below but otherwise am more than willing to read what you want to write. If you want to know more, I'll try and give you a general sense of what I like as well as some more specific things I enjoy about each canon. I hope you have a good Yuletide!

FYI, my fic on AO3 is listed under kathryne.

do not wants )

things I like )

last tango in halifax )

dublin murder squad )

killers kill, dead men die )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
slow and steady (2427 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julie Dodson/Gill Murray
Characters: Julie Dodson, Gill Murray
Additional Tags: Post-4x08, Friends to Lovers
Summary: After Gill's retirement, she and Julie must negotiate the balance between Julie's continuing career and their relationship.

That brings this year's word count up to a paltry 4927. Ouch. Here's to more words in 2016, or at least no fewer.
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Hello, lovely writer! I'm so excited that you've offered one of these little fandoms, and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you write! If you've already got an idea, feel free to ignore all this: I'll give you a couple of dislikes, but everything outside of that is fair game. But if you want to know more, I'll try and give you a general sense of what I like as well as some more specific things I enjoy about each canon. I hope you have fun this Yuletide!

FYI, you can also check out my fic on AO3 under kathryne.

do not wants )

general likes )

And if that's not enough, a few more canon-specific thoughts, in reverse alphabetical order because why not:

miss fisher's murder mysteries )

last tango in halifax )

killers kill, dead men die )

Thanks for reading, writer dear. I can't wait!
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
Okay, I am having a really difficult time getting my brain to engage enough to read Yuletide, much less comment, but: the fic I got is in a suuuuper tiny fandom and it absolutely deserves more readers. It's a five-minute fandom - Killers Kill; Dead Men Die is a Vanity Fair photoshoot from a few years back. You can flip through the backstory in literally the advertised five minutes and be prepped to read the fic right away.

And it's absolutely, fantastically worth reading; one of my Yuletide letter comments was that I loved how in control the women of the fandom were, and this takes that and runs with it. It's great at using and commenting on the elements that make a noir story, and the twists at the end made me grin like a dork and make re-reading it fabulously fun.

If you like strong female characters (the good kind), noir, metafiction, or identity games, you should totally read this.

And please, if you read, comment! I try to comment regularly, but I really kick it up at Yuletide because, well, authors deserve it.

Read the fic here: Uncommon Inquiries
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Putting this up now as I expect tomorrow to be a bit crazed:

I have two fics in the Yuletide archive - the main Yuletide archive, not Madness. Guess one of them, and I will try to write you a ficlet or do something equivalent! Guess both of them and... I will try and do something slightly fancier? Open to negotiation. ;)

I shouldn't think either is too difficult to guess, to be honest. Perhaps slightly easier if you follow my Tumblr as well. But who knows - I think that every year and I think I've only been guessed once!

[also]

Oct. 30th, 2014 12:08 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
A brief addendum to my Dear Yuletide Writer letter, which is spoilery for the s4 finale of Scott & Bailey, under the cut )
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
My dear Yuletide writer!

I’m so excited that we’ve matched on one of the tiny fandoms of my heart. I already know you have impeccable taste, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. ;) I’ve tried to give you some sense of the things I like about each canon as well as some potential jumping-off points. If you have other ideas, though, go for it!

If you want to see what I’ve written lately, you can check out my fic on AO3 under kathryne. You can also follow me on tumblr at sapphoshands if the urge strikes.

general likes and dislikes )

Some fandom-specific comments and suggestions:

Killers Kill, Dead Men Die - Annie Leibovitz  )

Lumberjanes )

Scott & Bailey )

Hopefully this has given you some ideas without being totally overwhelming. These fandoms are all very new to me, and I'm really looking forward to having a fic of my very own in one of them. Thanks!

[huh]

Jul. 27th, 2014 11:33 am
tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
Here's a thought I just can't get rid of: Scott & Bailey zombie apocalypse fic.

...so that might be a Yuletide request then.

(I mean, specifically the apocalypse part. S&B is definitely going to be a Yuletide request.)

(I keep trying to stop consuming texts set in England, because they just make me homesick.* I keep failing. Worth it.)



*the sentiment is apt even if the terminology is lacking.
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
At last, the moment of truth. ;) I wrote two stories this year and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, which was very nice. I did have some... fun... writing a) one character in two different accents and b) one character in her first and second language when we don't actually get to speak her first language. :P

My assignment:

got a lot to not do (let me kill it with you) (3395 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes
Summary: I dearly hope you'll write soon.

I had kind of hoped to get a Joan/Moriarty prompt, because I would love to write them but didn't particularly have any useful ideas, but instead my recip asked for anything about Moriarty. I wrote a series of Holmes/Moriarty scenes interspersed with letters from prison; finding Moriarty's voice for the letters was great fun. (However: every single time I went to write 'Jamie,' as in 'Jamie Moriarty,' it came out 'Jaime,' as in 'Jaime Murray.' I do hope I caught those. *facepalm*) And now I want to write more Elementary fic and I do kind of have a Joan/Moriarty idea, so yay!

I still feel a bit silly about stealing a title from my latest favourite singer, but I do think it's perfect, so. I also wish I had had more time to do more research on London's East End, but that bit didn't come together until after the upload, so it's largely personal experience and google, which I feel meant it suffered a bit.

I am a bit sad that this didn't get more hits, when last year's Joan-fic got quite a few, but I think I should have given it a better summary. Oh well, I enjoyed it.

And a treat:

Light Gets In (1564 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Defiance (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Kenya Rosewater/Stahma Tarr
Characters: Kenya Rosewater, Stahma Tarr, Datak Tarr, Alak Tarr
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Stahma does a colour study.

The recip (ellabell) is on my tumblr dash, so when I saw her go out on the pinch hit list in a fandom I'd been meaning to try writing in I stuck it aside for later, just in case. If I'd expected anyone to guess one of my fics, this would be the one; I thought it was incredibly in my voice and style, and there is a lot of overlap between the Defiance and the Warehouse 13 fandoms.

This one desperately needs a last edit, but I wrote it on the 24th and uploaded it about half an hour before the archive went live (I was actually still awake when the archive opened, though I chose to wait to read till the morning), so I'm okay with a couple of typos. I also really like how it turned out in terms of a character study. The summary is perhaps the worst (again! note to self: write summaries first next time), but I do really like the title: there is a crack in everything, and Kenya might be the one in Stahma's composure.

Overall I really enjoyed writing for Yuletide this year! Next year I will possibly not offer Elementary (three years in a row might be a bit much) and will, as always, try to get a requests/offer list done early and my writing done early. I expect to be just as successful on those as I always am. :P
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
Hi! I'm so sorry it took me so long to get this up. Thanks so much for writing me a story this year. I have chosen a bunch of super-awesome ladies that I really just want to have awesome adventures of various stripes, and I’m really excited to see what you come up with for some of them.

If you're coming here from a non-assignment link, my AO3 name is kathryne. :)

I wrote my signup very quickly on the day signups closed, so if there’s anything there that sounds weird, I apologize. ;) Hopefully I’ll put any worries you have to rest!

I try to give a lot of various suggestions, but if none of them sit right with you, of course you should feel free to write something that you want. I just ask that you make sure none of the dudes from these canons accidentally take the forefront. I’m more than happy to have dudes – and other awesome ladies – as supporting cast, but would really like my story to fit the Misses Clause challenge and pass the Bechdel Test. Otherwise, I’m pretty easy (that’s what she said). I’m happy with any rating from G to NC-17 if it suits the story you’re trying to tell. I’m even happy with sad, tragic endings, depending on the fandom – probably not with Captain Marvel, where I want Ladies Hitting Things, but with The Good Wife, sure. My only pet peeve is probably sloppy spelling and grammar. ;)

Anyways, a few more notes on my various requests. If you're writing The Good Wife, that one is at the bottom as it has spoilers through 5.03 in the clarification! Just FYI.

Captain Marvel
I really just want a story about Jess and Carol kicking ass and taking names and being bros, or more-than-bros, or making fun of the Avengers. Generally, awesome ladies being awesome. I haven't tagged anyone else, but inclusion of more awesome ladies of Marvel, or even or awesome dudes of Marvel as supporting characters, would be loads of fun - I'm pretty up on everything movieverse and all sorts of random old-school Marvel, so feel free to include anything that doesn't shade into he hidden importance of dudes. More punching dinosaurs, less dudes, is my life motto here.

I don't think I have anything to add here except to say that I will be up on all issues of CM by the time Yuletide rolls around, so don't worry about spoilers or anything! Also, I am a superhuge Jess fan but not very up on her whole thing with Clint. I gleefully ship Jess and Carol, but if you don't want to go that route, I love them as friends too. Either way, as long as they're not so sweet my dentist will find cavities, it's all good.

Bomb Girls
I love Lorna and Betty's not-quite-friendship. They both deal with so many hard things and change so much. Something about the two of them would be marvellous. I'd also love something about Lorna and her relationship to the girls and the factory and the war and her job (read "and" as "or" as you wish). Or something about Betty and any of her love interests/subtextual love interests. Future-fic would be fun too. Feel free to throw in any of the other characters, particularly Kate or Gladys, but I'd like the focus on one or both of my chosen two.

I think what impresses me most about these two is their ability to change – very slowly, in some cases, but nevertheless. Also, I am a sucker for Canadiana.

Defiance
I would love to see more of the Stahma/Kenya relationship, particularly to go inside either of their heads throughout. A future fic would be interesting - is Kenya really dead? What happened in the woods? I would also love a Stahma-centric fic about pretty much any aspect of her life in Defiance. I didn't tag Amanda in this, but I'd love to see how Stahma handles being around her knowing what's happened to Kenya.

I love Stahma, and not just because she's played by Jaime Murray. I love her because she operates on so many layers simultaneously. She is Machiavellian and Lady Macbeth-y and so fucking smart. Was Kenya part of her plan? Did she develop genuine feelings for Kenya? Are these two possibilities mutually exclusive? What other intrigues does she have brewing, and who else gets under her skin?

The Good Wife
Some of the stuff I am going to say is spoilery up to the most recent ep aired (5.03), so I will put that in my Dear Author letter. However, I'm really interested in a Kalinda/Alicia or Kalinda & Alicia story dealing with abandonment issues. I will keep up to date on the canon, so you can either do so as well or set it at some point this season, no worries! If you don't want to write that, I'd love a Kalinda-centric story about her past or her time at Lockhart Gardner, as long as it doesn't deal with her husband.

Okay, so that moment in 5.03 where Kalinda realizes that Alicia is leaving Lockhart Gardner just slayed me. I would love to read something themed around that. If things develop throughout the season, feel free to take whatever happens into account, or to set something in that one episode, or to go totally AU. I just really love that we are still seeing that the Kalinda & Alicia – or Kalinda/Alicia – relationship is still so important to Kalinda. Is it still important to Alicia?

Anyways, I think that's more than everything I needed to say. I hope you find something that intrigues you and that you have fun writing! I am really looking forward to reading what you come up with. Thank you again. :D
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I figured I'd wait a day till your flists were clear - I mean, I was too busy being emotionally wrecked by Les Miserables to post this yesterday, but. Yuletide reveal! Aside from receiving two lovely M-centric Bond fics this year, I also wrote two stories:

Practice (1333 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary:

Working with Sherlock isn't changing Joan as much as he might think.



The request for this was "LITERALLY ANYTHING ABOUT JOAN," but sadly my immediate idea got jossed by canon like a week after assignments, ugh. In rewatching, though, I started thinking about how the show portrays the other doctors and medical professionals we see and what that might possibly say about former surgeon Joan and what she was like or still holds from that life.

*

No Such Roses (1571 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Maddie Brodatt/Julie Beaufort-Stuart
Characters: Julie Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt
Summary: (redacted for people on my flist whom I am trying to make read this book omg read it read it)

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK BTW.

The request for this was "OMG PLEASE HAVE THEM MAKE OUT" and, well, I was okay with that. This was written almost entirely on Christmas Day, but I really like my Maddie voice.

*

I wanted to write moar treats, but I had such a shitty last two months of 2012 that frankly I'm impressed I didn't default. Here's to more writing next time! :D

Crossposted from http://tellitslant.dreamwidth.org/1362740.html with comment count unavailable comments; comment there or here.
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I figured I'd wait a day till your flists were clear - I mean, I was too busy being emotionally wrecked by Les Miserables to post this yesterday, but. Yuletide reveal! Aside from receiving two lovely M-centric Bond fics this year, I also wrote two stories:

Practice (1333 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary: Working with Sherlock isn't changing Joan as much as he might think.

The request for this was "LITERALLY ANYTHING ABOUT JOAN," but sadly my immediate idea got jossed by canon like a week after assignments, ugh. In rewatching, though, I started thinking about how the show portrays the other doctors and medical professionals we see and what that might possibly say about former surgeon Joan and what she was like or still holds from that life.

*

No Such Roses (1571 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Maddie Brodatt/Julie Beaufort-Stuart
Characters: Julie Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt
Summary: (redacted for people on my flist whom I am trying to make read this book omg read it read it)

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK BTW.

The request for this was "OMG PLEASE HAVE THEM MAKE OUT" and, well, I was okay with that. This was written almost entirely on Christmas Day, but I really like my Maddie voice.

*

In general, I was quite pleased by this yuletide: both fics hit triple-digit hit counts ("Practice" over 300, "No Such Roses" over 150"), double-digit kudos (over 40 and over 20), and 9 or 10 comments. Which is pretty okay for yuletide, I think.

I wanted to write moar treats, but I had such a shitty last two months of 2012 that frankly I'm impressed I didn't default. Here's to more writing next time! :D
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
Note for anyone not assigned to me: I am on AO3 as kathryne. :)

My very dear Yuletide writer! Thank you so much for writing for me, first off. I'm extremely excited and I know that as long as you enjoy what you're writing, I will too! I am going to ramble a bit about my general likes and then my fandom-specific likes, but I hope that if you have an idea that doesn't quite fit with the fandom-specific thoughts that you'll run with it and write something fun for you.

In general, I like stories about awesome women. :D This doesn't mean that I just like strong women - there is a lot to be said for vulnerabilities - but complexities of character are key. Of course, if you've offered to write one of my requests, you probably understand that perfectly. I like relationshippy stories, but I would also enjoy gen or friendship fic about any of the ladies I've requested. I do like a little plot with my porn, if that's the direction you're going, but the porn part is certainly not mandatory.

I like off-panel moments, backstory that we know must have happened but never saw, angst, sex, no sex. I like both happy endings and sad endings! I love character interaction and banter and humour and snark. I like linear narrative and non-linear, experimental narrative.

I dislike embarrassment/humiliation, non-con (though I love power dynamics), stories about Epic Man Pain, poor grammar, and illlogical characterization.

Warehouse 13 )

The Good Wife )

Casino Royale Bond-verse )

I am really looking forward to Yuletide-y goodness, and I hope that even after reading this, you are too. :D Please remember that optional details are optional and have FUN, and thank you for writing me a fic!
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
Oh man, I am running out of oomph to read through the archive. :P So a couple of recs, before I get totally fed up with having to CHOOSE what amazing fic to read next, what a hardship omg: recs in A Little Princess, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, academia anthropomorfic, DCU, I Dream of Jeannie, Indiana Jones )
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
Rrrrrg. Just watching this last week's The Good Wife, and it makes me extremely sad that no one nominated ASA Dana Lodge as a Yuletide character. Not that I should be shocked, but... dammit, Yuletide.

Also: KALINDAAAAAAAAAA. <3 brief spoilers )

(Also also: REALLY, REALLY, someone nom'd Jason Todd and Koriand'r from Red Hood for Yuletide? COMICS FANDOM WHYYY.)
tellitslant: (s&a - ellen - sideways)
I suppose it's a little hypocritical to be side-eyeing Yuletide for not even having nominations open yet when I haven't decided what I want to request or offer.

[livejournal.com profile] sophia_gratia finally got me into Sanctuary, but I don't think it qualifies for small fandom any more, which is FAIL. The Good Wife still qualifies, though I'm not 100% sure what stories I want to tell about it. I might offer Secret Six, but I don't know if I want anyone else to write it for me. Now that Batwoman is its own title, I probably won't even have to wrangle to get it in.

I don't know what else to think of! This has been a very old-fandom year for me, mostly. Not enough time for anything new!

What are you guys thinking of requesting, if you're participating?
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
Title: Ladies Who Lunch
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: The Good Wife
Pairing: Kalinda Sharma/Diane Lockhart
Rating: PG
Word count: 1500
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] morganize for Yuletide 2010. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: Here's to the girls on the go / Everybody tries / Look into their eyes and you'll see what they know / Everybody dies. Diane, Kalinda, and a power lunch. )
tellitslant: (alias - lena and victor - serious)
Title: Bang and Burn
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: RED
Pairing: Victoria Winslow/Ivan Simanov
Rating: R
Word count: 2300
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] morganize for Yuletide 2010. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: Bang and Burn (n): espionage agency slang for demolition and sabotage operations. A tale of Victoria and Ivan's first meeting. )
tellitslant: (&heart;)
So, YULETIDE. Okay, first, my reveal!

I got assigned to [livejournal.com profile] morganize on the basis of having offered RED fic. I meant to avoid offering spy fandoms this year, but, um, I forgot. Also, Helen Mirren in an evening dress with a machine gun may have distracted me. And so I toddled off happily the day I got the assignment and wrote Bang and Burn, which was loads of fun because it's got all sorts of almost-but-not-quite absurd spy details and Cold War-era 'diplomacy' and it's a story about the first time Victoria and Ivan met. So I was quite pleased with that.

But when I got my assignment, there was also a request for The Good Wife Kalinda/Cary or Kalinda/Diane; I had offered the fandom, but not those characters. But when I was first watching The Good Wife, I turned to [personal profile] jae and went "I think I ship Kalinda and Diane!" And [personal profile] jae said "But Diane laughs at the idea of being a lesbian!" And I said, "I know, but I still see it!" So I figured I had to write them as well, since I probably wouldn't outside of Yuletide. It took me a long time to get an idea that would work with canon, but I eventually came up with Ladies Who Lunch, which is about women in the man's world of Chicago and the things they do to get through.

I will be reposting those here shortly, if you don't feel like going to look for them.

However, this year I also had the best luck with who wrote for me. As I mentioned, the fic I got was a sequel to another fic for another recipient. So I basically got two fics. The moment I opened that other fic, the prequel, I thought, [personal profile] jae wrote this. There were giveaways, not only in the formatting and writing but in the contents and the way they lined up so perfectly with thought that I didn't think I'd discussed that much online except with friends. And as far as I knew, [personal profile] jae was the only one of my friends doing Yuletide who'd offered The Good Wife. So I asked her, "Did you write my stories?" and she said "You're not my recipient!" and I thought "...that is some very neat weaseling out of actually answering me, but I will let it slide BUT WHY IS SHE LYING TO ME OMG."

Anyways, last night I was over for NYE and [personal profile] jae and [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh were practically vibrating with excitement as the reveal got closer. Which is not unusual! But the reveal came, and [personal profile] jae shoved her computer at me and said "READ MY REVEAL POST," and I took one look and saw my stories listed and said "I KNEW IT." And then I read the REST of the lines and went "WAIT A MINUTE OH MY GOD." Because [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh and [personal profile] jae COWROTE BOTH STORIES.

It turns out that [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh had been assigned to me at the same time as [personal profile] jae had been assigned the same fandom, and they decided to collaborate and came up with the most amazing set of fics ever. I never in a million years would have guessed that BOTH of them had conspired against me! :DDD

Now, first, I didn't even know that [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh had OFFERED to write The Good Wife; if I had, my pool of suspects definitely would have been larger. And second, if I'd thought about it I would have expected that [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh and I would get assigned to each other at some point, but never in a fandom of THIS (relative) size. She and I share a brain in regards to a lot of what we read, and I would have expected us to match on something much smaller in a book 'verse, not in a TV 'verse! So I owe a massive thank-you to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] minnaleigh for getting assigned me and not completely freaking out, as well as to both of them for coming up with the idea and executing it so perfectly.

Oh, and thanks to those of you who knew or betaed and kept quiet, even when I was chatting with you and so on. :P

So I'm so glad I was over there for the reveal, because a) I'm sure my OH MY GOD face was epic and b) I got to thank them both in person. I am so lucky, you guys. :D Yuletide is always a bright spot, but this year it was even brighter.

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